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Young, visionary director Giancarlo Rodaz’s winning approach in Area Stage Company’s current unorthodox, yet triumphant production of the classic musical Annie features eight adult actors playing all roles in a stripped down environment in the round.
For its next professional production, South Miami’s Area Stage Company promises the musical Annie “like you’ve never seen before” later this month. It’s set in a speakeasy, has eight adult actors doubling and tripling parts, Miss Hannigan is a man in drag — and there are no children.
It’s not that it’s impossible to mess up the musical Annie, but when you have a reliable troupe of talented hands like those connected to the current Wick Theatre production, you are guaranteed an entertaining evening.
Why see Annie yet once again? First is director Martin Charnin has banished the saccharine overkill and played the remaining cuteness and heart-tugging moments against a grimy, downtrodden Depression that should resonate today. Second, savor the national bow of Davie’s Issie Swickle as she nails the title role with thechops of someone a lot older than her nine years.
Issie Swickle. Remember that name. Not that you’d have trouble doing so. But remember when you first heard it, for bragging rights. Because you may be hearing it for a long time.
“Something old (sort of), something new” characterizes the 2014-2015 season for Broadway Across America-Fort Lauderdale. Two current Broadway hits, Pippin and Motown the Musical, will be joined be a refurbished The Phantom of the Opera, last season’s revival of Annie, an older revival of Anything Goes, and the unrefurbished but indestructible The Lion King.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s sumptuous and skillful production of Annie resembles that strange holiday gift that you’re not quite sure how to react to. It’s beautifully wrapped and artfully manufactured but it’s missing the magic and heart you were secretly hoping for.